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  • fuwalda says:

    I read a novel by Donald Westlake once. I can’t remember what it was called, but it was about a reporter at some National Inquireresque tabloid. It was very funny and very good. And, of course, you and I both saw Donald Westlake once back in college. Remember that? He was very funny very good. I should check out more of his stuff. Maybe I’ll walk over to my local library.

    I read Connecticut Yankee years ago and didn’t love it. I’ve never been able to get into any of Twain’s stuff. Then again, I don’t think I’ve read any of his stuff since I’ve been an adult. Maybe I’d appreciate it more now. But when I go to the library later, I’m going to look up Donald Westlake first. I’ll never forgive Mark Twain for trying to double cross Data and Guinan.

    And I don’t know nothing about any of this music, except for Teagan and Sara who are pretty great. At least their first album was. I should download Spotify. Actually, I do have it… I just never use it. I think I found it confusing and gave up. When I’m at the library I’ll ask somebody how to use it.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      I generally like Mark Twain, but I haven’t read much by him except what I was compelled to read for school. It did take me a little while to get into this one, but once I got into it, I found it to be pretty funny. The character’s arguments with people who think they’re being logical but are actually being the opposite of logical based upon some sort of specious reasoning kind of reminded me of some arguments I’ve had.

  • fuwalda says:

    Oh, and I love Black Knight. Great movie.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      Well, in any case, I’d say it was probably better than the 4.4 rating it has on the IMDb. Or maybe it’s not. But I do remember laughing.

  • fuwalda says:

    It’s no Blue Streak.

  • fuwalda says:

    I just gave it a ten. Why not?

  • fuwalda says:

    Oh, and the guy in that Connecticut Yankee picture… he’s totally playing pocket pool.

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No movie reviews today, so I’m going to do away with the customary star ratings that I usually attach to things, since I’m even worse at reviewing non-movie media than I am at reviewing movies.

The Hunter by Richard Stark (Donald Westlake)

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“On Steroids” revisited

In light of my recent post about hating the expression “on steroids”, I feel compelled to post this comment that I just read on CNN.

I well remember the Iranian revolution in 1979 & followed it closely at the time, as well as having read innumerable books about the over-throw of the Shah since then. Obama truly is Jimmy Carter on steroids!

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Fall Intense Purpose

Spotted in the wild:

“fall intense purpose”

I mention it because “for all intensive purposes” is, for whatever reason (probably because it’s so widespread), an especially irksome eggcorn to me, but this guy somehow managed to kick it up a notch: “Fall intense purpose” is utter nonsense–the worse kind of malapropism, since it’s not even particularly funny.

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